Encouragement for the Journey 5 July 2015

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Encouragement for the Journey 5 July 2015

Encouragement for the Journey

ValuesGreetings fellow traveller

Today is our Kids N All Service, with a theme of Values. Values may be described as the beliefs and ideals, which are shared by a family /a group / a community and are strongly influenced by culture and religious practice around what is good or bad, and desirable or undesirable. These values very often guide our actions and behaviour. I refrain from creating a list of the core values for us to live by; rather, I trust your judgement and experience of life.

I do remind us that values are present within all cultures, organisations, political systems and communities of faith. Very often, it’s because different values are present in the myriad of our relationships that we human beings fail to appreciate this and wrongly assume that everyone holds the same values we hold to.

On the entrance of the United Nations building in New York there is a poem by the (Persian) Iranian poet Saadi, that he wrote eight centuries ago, which says:

The sons of Adam are limbs of each other,

Having been created of one essence.

When the calamity of time affects one limb

The other limbs cannot remain at rest.

If thou hast no sympathy for the troubles of others

Thou art unworthy to be called by the name of a human.

 

In Persian:

بنی آدم اعضای یک پیکرند

که در آفرينش ز یک گوهرند

چو عضوى به درد آورد روزگار

دگر عضو ها را نماند قرار

تو کز محنت دیگران بی غمی

نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی

 This poem reminds me that we human beings are of one essence; we are interdependent and interconnected one with the other. Yes, we have different values, yet, we must learn to understand and value one other, through the values of compassion and empathy. If not, I fear for the future, for our children’s children.

 Meanwhile peace in our practice of compassion

Alf